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Icebreaker: Apollo

Icebreaker performing in front of footage from the Apollo moon landing

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings, Icebreaker perform their multi-media reworking of Brian Eno’s Apollo album alongside works from eclectic ground-breaking composers.

Featuring pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, film from Al Reinert’s documentary about the Apollo space missions, For All Mankind, and music by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois, Icebreaker’s piece captures the excitement and awe of the time. Widely regarded as Eno’s most significant work, the music matches the beauty and tranquillity of the moon with the dizzying scale of the feat of engineering involved. Deep synth rumblings mimic the rocket launch whilst string harmonics add an eerie sense of anticipation.

The programme also features new versions of tracks by Anna Meredith and electronic artist Jlin and some Icebreaker classics - part four of Michael Gordon's Trance, a rare outing for Gavin Bryars's The Archangel Trip and a tribute to Scott Walker as the ensemble perform Epizootics! featuring his original vocals.

Programme listing

Anna Meredith The Vapours

Scott Walker Epizootics

Gavin Bryars The Archangel Trip

Jlin Black Origami

Michael Gordon Trance part 4

Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Roger Eno (arr. Woojun Lee aka Kayip) Apollo

This performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time and running time will be confirmed closer to the event.

As a guide, please note that events usually finish by 10.30pm at the latest.


Anna Meredith The Vapours
Gavin Bryars The Archangel Trip
Jlin Black Origami
Michael Gordon Trance part 4
Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Roger Eno (arr. Woojun Lee aka Kayip) Apollo


people in dark room playing instruments

Watch: Icebreaker & BJ Cole live from Apollo

A performance from the Brighton International Festival 2010. Icebreaker featuring pedal-steel guitarist BJ Cole, play Deep Blue Day, by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois, arranged by Woojun Lee.


Barbican Hall